Convictions

Click on the names below for information about lese majeste and other related cases under the Computer Crimes Act that have been followed by PPT and other sites. PPT acknowledges that this is a very limited listing. There are no accurate figure on how many have been charged under these draconian laws. 2010 estimates were that there have been more than 300 cases since the 2006 palace-military coup. Cases are seldom dropped outright, not least because prosecutors themselves worry about being charged with lese majeste for dropping a case. In mid-2012, an Amnesty International representative stated that it “is very hard to say the exact number detained under the lese-majeste laws,” and went on to refer to “tens of people”:

The following are known cases that have gone to court and seen convictions for the political crime of lese majeste and related convictions under the Computer Crimes Act:

Ibrahim Fahad A. Absubaie (convicted and sentenced to 2 years, jailed and pardoned with less than 3 months to serve; deported)

Akechai Hongkangwarn (convicted and sentenced to 5 years and 100,000 baht; reduced to 3 years and then by a further 4 months; released after serving time)

Akradet Eiamsuwan (family name withheld; convicted and sentenced to 5 years, halved for guilty plea)

Ampol Tangnopakul (convicted and jailed for 20 years; died while incarcerated)

Apiruj and Wantanee Suwadee (convicted and jailed for 5 years each, halved for guilty pleas)

Asawin (family name withheld) (charged, found not guilty; prosecution appealed and won. Convicted and sentenced to 5 years)

Banpot 14 (8 sentenced to 10 years and 2 sentenced to 6 years; all halved for guilty pleas; 2 acquitted)

Boontham Boonthepprathan (sentenced to 16 years, reduced to 12; may appeal)

Boonyuen Prasertying (convicted and jailed and pardoned after serving jail time)

B.T. (name withheld) (convicted and sentenced to 30 years, halved for guilty plea)

Bundith Arniya (convicted and sentenced to 2 years and 8 months; appealing while on bail)

Chainarin Nopchaloemroj (convicted and sentenced to 5 years; halved for guilty plea)

Chaleaw J. (family name withheld. Convicted and sentenced to 3 years, halved for guilty plea and suspended for 2 years; appealed by prosecution and sentenced to 5 years, halved for guilty plea and not suspended)

Chayapa Chokpornbutsri (Convicted and sentenced to 19 years, halved for a guilty plea)

Chiranuch Premchaiporn (convicted, suspended sentence and fine; appeal rejected)

Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (initially convicted and jailed for 18 years; appeal was upheld, but  held in jail until a new trial in 2011; again found guilty and sentenced to 15 years; “pardoned” and released after serving more than 8 years)

Ekkachai Ployhin (convicted and sentenced to 5 years, halved for guilty plea)

Joe Gordon (convicted and jailed for 5 years, reduced to 2.5 years due to the guilty plea. Released and returned to the US)

Hasadin Uraipraiwan (convicted and sentenced to 10 years)

Oliver Jufer (convicted, sentenced to 20 years, sentence reduced by half for guilty plea; pardoned and deported)

Kamonthat Thanathornkhositjira (convicted and sentenced to 150 years on 33 charges including lese majetse; reduced to 50 years)

Kathawut Bunpitak (convicted in a military court; 10 years reduced to 5 for guilty plea; no right to appeal)

Khatha Pachachirayapong (convicted and sentenced to 6 years reduced to 4; appealing)

Kittithon Yamsamai (convicted, sentenced to 13 years and 4 months)

Krit Bootdeejean (convicted, sentenced to 5 years, halved for guilty plea and sentence suspended)

Narong Suwadee (convicted and sentenced to 11 years; halved for guilty plea)

Nat Sattayapornpisut (convicted, jailed for 4.5 years, based on guilty plea; released after serving 2 years and 4 months)

Natchakit /ณัฐกิตติ์ มฤคินทร์ (family name withheld in English, tried and found not guilty; prosecution appealed and had him sentenced to 4 year, halved due to guilty plea, suspended for two years)

Natthapol Suwadee (convicted and sentenced to 11 years; halved for guilty plea)

Harry Nicolaides (convicted, jailed, pardoned and deported to Australia)

Niran Yaowapha (convicted and sentenced to 5 years, halved for guilty plea and sentence suspended)

Nut Rungwong or Somsak Pakdeedech (sentenced to 9 years by military court; halved for guilty plea; pardoned after serving 19 months)

Opas Charnsuksai (sentenced to 3 years; halved for guilty plea. Another case pending)

Papatchanan Ching-in (convicted, sentenced to 3 years. Appeal rejected)

Patiwat Saraiyaem (convicted, jailed for 5 years; halved for guilty plea)

Phakin Chakabatr (pleaded guilty, but no news of his sentence)

Piya J. (convicted, sentenced to 9 years, reduced by a third)

Pongpat Chayapan (convicted, sentenced to 12 years; halved for guilty plea. Including other “crimes” he is serving more than 30 years)

Pongpat 5 (all convicted, sentenced to 12 years, halved for guilty plea)

Pongsak Sriboonpeng (convicted and jailed for 60 years, halved for guilty plea)

Pornthip Munkhong (convicted and jailed for 5 years, halved for guilty plea; “pardoned” and released)

Prakrom Warunprapha (accused by the military and palace of lese majeste; died in custody)

Prasit Chaisisa (or Chaisrisa) (convicted to 5 years, reduced to 2.5 years for guilty plea; released after serving jail time)

Ratchapin Chanjaroen (convicted, sentenced to 3 years, halved for guilty plea)

Robert R. (Family name not released) (convicted, sentenced to 4 years, halved for guilty plea; sentence suspended)

Rung Sila or Sirapop (convicted, sentenced to 2 years, reduced by a third to 8 months, suspended, and 18,000 baht fine)

Samak Pante (convicted and jailed for 10 years, halved for a guilty plea)

Sasiwimol (convicted and jailed for 56 years, halved for guilty plea)

Sathian Rattanawong (convicted, sentenced to 6 years and fined 100,000 baht; released 2 February 2013)

Setthawut Pengdit (convicted and sentenced to 5 years; halved for guilty plea)

Sitthisak Suwadee (convicted and sentenced to 11 years; halved for guilty plea)

Somyos Pruksakasemsuk (convicted and sentenced to 10+1 years; 5 years on each of two lese majeste charges, with an extra year added from a previous suspended sentence for having insulted one of the leaders of the 2006 military coup; appealing)

Sondhi Limthongkul (initially acquitted; on prosecution appeal sentenced to 5 years. On bail pending appeal)

Suchart Nakbangsai/Worawut Thanangkorn (convicted, jailed, pardoned and released after serving 1 year and 11 months)

Sudathip Muangnual (convicted, sentenced to 5 years; reduced to 2.5 years for guilty plea)

Surachai Danwattananusorn  (Surachai Sae Dan) (convicted on several charges following a guilty plea. Sentenced to a total of 25 years, halved because of the guilty plea. Given “pardon” in October 2013)

Suriyan Kokpuey (convicted, sentenced to 6 years. Halved for guilty plea. Pardoned and released after serving 1 year and 6 months and a total of 1 year and 9 months in jail)

Suriyan Sujaritpalawong (accused by the military and palace of lese majeste; died in custody)

Suwicha Thakor (convicted and jailed; pardoned” after serving jail time)

Tanet Nonthakot (convicted, sentenced to 5 years, reduced to 3 years and 4 months)

Taweesin (Surname withheld, convicted, sentenced to 10 years by a military court; reduced to 5 years for guilty plea)

Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul (convicted and jailed for 13 years; “pardoned” after serving 3 years)

Thitinant Kaewchantranont (convicted and sentenced to 2 years, reduced to 1 year for a confession, and suspended for 3 years due to “mental illness.” Court appealed and the suspension was rejected and she was sentenced to jail time. “Pardoned” and released after serving time)

Tom Dundee /Thanat Thanawatcharanon (convicted and sentenced in two cases to a total of 20 years, reduced to 10 years and 10 months for guilty plea)

TS or Yai Daengduad (convicted and sentenced to 50 years; reduced by half for guilty plea)

Udomsak Wattanaworachaiwathin (initially acquitted; sentenced to 2 years on appeal)

Uthai (family name unknown) (convicted and sentenced to 3 years, suspended for 2 years)

Wanchai Saetan (convicted in secret trials and sentenced to 15 years; pardoned on 4 June 2013)

Yoswaris Chuklom/Jeng Dokchik (convicted and sentenced to 3 years, reduced to 2 years; appealing and released on bail)

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